A review of the healthiest fish

Fish is a major source of protein and omega-3s, among other nutrients and vitamins, but some are better than others. Which ones should you be eating?

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Fish is seriously good for you.

It’s packed with nutrients such as omega-3s for your brain and health, and is a lean source of protein that even some vegetarians don’t turn their noses up at (see: pescatarian). This article goes on to describe how “these sea creatures rank high on lists of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, metabolism-friendly selenium, energy-boosting Vitamin B12, and inflammation-fighting Vitamin D”.

In short, it should be a part of all of our diets, but which fish are the best?

Well, it is a complex argument as, in this article, many people have reservations due to sustainability or warnings about fish with high levels of mercury, a toxic metal that can lead to neurological and kidney damage. Mercury exposure is especially dangerous to pregnant women and developing children, as it can cause birth defects. As a general rule, larger fish have higher levels of mercury, since more time has allowed for the chemical to accumulate in their bodies

Below you will find a review of the healthiest (and some of the “unhealthiest”) fish for you to choose the next time you’re out at a restaurant or deciding what to buy for dinner at your local supermarket.

Healthiest fish to consume 

Atlantic Mackerel

 

Pink Salmon

 

Atlantic Halibut

 

Canned Sardines

 

Atlantic Herring 

 

Rainbow Trout 

 

Catfish

 

Crab

 

Oysters

 

Canned Tuna

All nutritional values are via Seafood Health Facts

While the above are the healthiest fish, here are the fish that you should avoid due to either high mercury content or for reasons of sustainability: 

8 fish you should avoid consuming

Four fish to be avoided due to dangerously high levels of mercury:

Four fish suffering from being endangered: 

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